Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, K-12, tenure-track (anticipated start date: August 2018)

Major Responsibilities Duties for this position include a combination of teaching, research, advising, and service each semester; faculty workload assignments are related to department needs and service on various committees and activities. The candidate will chair, advise, and mentor graduate (Doctoral, Master’s and Educational Specialist’s) students in the EDLD K-12 leadership program. Teaching online and/or off-campus are expected. The candidate will also be expected to actively market the EDLD K-12 leadership program and participate with practitioners in the field.

This faculty line will not only support the current enrollment and direction of the K-12 graduate programs but also have the ability to create new courses and future directions for the programs. A growing focus in the department is global education and urban education; demonstration of these abilities in these areas will be an asset to any candidate.

Qualifications: An earned doctorate in K-12 educational leadership, or a closely related degree awarded by August 2018.

  • Experience as a K-12 administrator
  • Experience addressing the needs of underserved and challenged student populations
  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to improving the educational opportunities and outcomes of ethnically, culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability or potential for an active program of scholarly research including the potential of securing external funding for research activities
  • Commitment to collaborative partnerships within K-12 communities
  • Ability to teach in one or more of the following areas: instructional leadership and supervision, personnel, facilities and/or curriculum
  • Outstanding communication skills


  • Experience or research in urban education
  • Part-time or full-time higher education teaching experience (Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and/or Online)
  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Knowledge in national and state educator policy
  • Demonstrated transformational, innovative leadership skill, and experience in school renewal

Western Michigan University (WMU) is a Carnegie Research public university, the fourth largest in Michigan. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified WMU as one of only 139 public institutions it considers research universities. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree. Kalamazoo is located midway between Detroit and Chicago and offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.

College: The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at WMU is a vital, progressive unit committed to high quality teaching, research, and service in the delivery of all programs. Contemporary, knowledge-based and competent teaching remains a priority across College of Education and Human Development programs, as its research informs and its service improves practice in educational and other organizations. The College also maintains a strong commitment to field-based education and collaborative efforts with schools and agencies to support the core work of the College.

Department: The Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology (ELRT) provides courses, field experiences, and other learning opportunities for students working toward graduate degrees in Educational Leadership; Evaluation, Measurement and Research; Educational and Instructional Technology; and Organizational Change Leadership. The position also supports other Western Michigan University Master of Arts and doctoral programs. Department faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of research and service activities in and out of public education and social science arenas. Within the last year, the Department has been responsible for over $13 million in grant funds to complete research in the field that directly impacts leadership capacity for improved student achievement. The Department is active in many professional associations and supports the needs of practitioners.

Instructions to applicants:
Submit an electronic application, cover letter highlighting unique qualifications, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts for graduate degrees, one sample of scholarship, and a list with the full contact information for at least three references. If available, email a syllabus from an educational leadership, K-12 course taught by the applicant, as instructor of record, to Dr. Donna Talbot ( donna.talbot@wmich.edu ). Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Donna Talbot, Department Chair ( donna.talbot@wmich.edu). Application and information available at WMU jobs Web site: wmich.edu/hr/jobs (posting #0604264)